I was thinking the same thing. My grandmother, who ate fatty pork every day of her life, lived to be 89. She didn't like chicken or beef, but pork chops, pork roast, etc. was her thing, cooked in lard, of course, and the fatter, the better. And she snacked on cracklins. For anyone who doesn't know what that is, you deep fry pork belly and the cracklins float to the top. You skim them off and refry them. I haven't had any any decades (extremely high in calories!), but they're delicious. Anyway, I don't think my grandmother knew what her cholesterol levels were. I will say this--she exercised every day of her life. Into her seventies, she was still walking a half-mile a day. She only quit because her knee wore out.
I remember Dr. Weil saying the two foods you should never eat are margarine and high-fructose corn syrup. I still eat margarine only because it's fewer calories than butter.
I have a feeling 50 years from now, people will be saying, "People were so ignorant 50 years ago--eating preservatives, food dyes, seed oils, etc. Didn't they know how dangerous that was?" It'll be like what we say now about people not knowing in the past how germs spread. Surgeons operated without washing their hands or their instruments between surgeries. How could they do that, we say now? In the future, we'll look like the dummies.
I still like Bill. Yes, he's a curmudgeon, but he's our curmudgeon.